Address: 438 McGill, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2G1
Closest metro: Square-Victoria
Restaurant Helena is one of a handful of Portuguese restaurants in Old Montreal and is so named after its owner and chef, Helena Loureiro. Located on the western most edge of the district and about a 5-minute brisk walk from the Bourse de Montréal (Montreal Exchange) and Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal (World Trade Center of Montreal) it’s often buzzing with business professionals. Reservations are a definite must.
If you’re lucky enough to manage a lunchtime reservation, order a couple of hot or cold tapas dishes to enjoy and share, or better yet, indulge with a sumptuous and filling 3-course lunchtime special for $21. The special usually means a selection of soup (if you’re lucky caldo verde) or salad, a selection from a couple main dishes and dessert. If you’re in the area for business, just let the staff know in advance if you’re on a fixed time frame. If you don’t have any time constraints, sit down and enjoy.
Seating is intimate, yet well spaced allowing conversations to remain private. People watch by the window, enjoy a view of the chefs preparing meals as you sit at the bar or sink into a booth and get ready to enjoy a wonderful meal.
Fashion Trend: Business casual, business formal to semi-formal
Cost: $25 and up (at lunch), not including beverage. Expect to pay more at supper.
Official website: www.restauranthelena.com